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Cathy Kruppa

Other Harris County Drug Possession or Sale Cases
On July 17, 2006, police in Houston, Texas arrested 48-year-old Cathy Kruppa for shoplifting and found a needle. A field test was positive for heroin.

On July 20, 2006, Kruppa pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to a charge of possession of heroin. She was sentenced to 30 days in Harris County Jail.

In November 2010, Houston police crime laboratory tests on the substance seized from Kruppa were negative for the presence of any controlled substance.

In February 2016, the Harris County District Attorney’s office conviction integrity unit, which had been working for more than two years to clear a backlog of negative test results, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus jointly with Kruppa’s defense attorney.

On March 17, 2016, a trial court judge recommended that the writ be granted. On April 27, 2016, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and vacated Kruppa’s conviction. On May 26, 2016, the prosecution dismissed the case.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 5/26/2016
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2006
Convicted:2006
Exonerated:2016
Sentence:30 days
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Female
Age at the date of crime:48
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No